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After his wife falls under the influence of a drug dealer, an everyday guy transforms himself into Crimson Bolt, a superhero with the best intentions, but lacking in heroic skills.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Detective John Felkner
Don Mac ...
Pet Store Employee
Cop (as Gerardo Davilla)
Grant Goodman ...
Frank Sr. (as Paul Taylor)


Frank Darrbo is a hapless fry cook. When his wife Sarah falls off the wagon and dumps him for Jacques, a drug dealer, Frank tries to get her back by reporting her kidnapped, grabbing her from Jacques' car, and wailing for her to return. After watching Christian TV and having a vision, he becomes a superhero to fight evil. He sews a costume, finds a weapon (a pipe wrench) and looks for crimes to stop. He has problems: his wrench inflicts real injury, so the cops want him for being a vigilante, his sense of boundaries is flawed, and Jacques' gang has guns. Libby, a clerk at a comic book store, becomes his sidekick, and it's time to go save Sarah. What chance do they have? Written by <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Shut up, crime!


Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence, pervasive language, sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 June 2011 (Iceland)  »

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Box Office


$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$46,549 (USA) (1 April 2011)


$322,157 (USA) (20 May 2011)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


James Gunn originally wanted John C. Reilly to star, but he wasn't thought to be a big enough name. See more »


After getting shot, Frank drives away and the shadow of the camera man is visible on the Crimson Bolt. The sun is on the other side (car has turned around) in the next shot in the car. See more »


[first lines]
Frank D'Arbo: I've had two perfect moments in my life. The first is when I married Sarah. The other, I was downtown.
[purse snatcher runs past]
Frank D'Arbo: He went in there, officer.
Frank D'Arbo: Two perfect moments, which offset a life of pain.
[getting spanked as a child]
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References World of Warcraft (2004) See more »


Moonlight on the Prairie (Libby's Hum)
Written by James Gunn
Performed by Ellen Page
Licensed by Arrangement with Two Monkeys, a Goat, and Another, Dead, Monkey, Inc (BMI)
Courtesy of James Gunn
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Don't compare it to Kick-Ass.
2 April 2011 | by (Maine) – See all my reviews

This film is about an ordinary man who decides to start fighting crime, even though he has no special skills or powers. It also takes place in the "real" world, where of course nobody has done this before.

The similarity to Kick-Ass ends there.

Believe me, this film is definitely a comedy, I laughed out loud many times. What happens, though, is that the film gets so dark and unforgiving that the "morality" of the film is hard to decipher. In that sense, it is very different from Kick-Ass. It's a great "spiral" from a literary point of view, but the movie doesn't make the transition smoothly.

Rain Wilson is funny in spite of himself throughout the film, although he does try to be serious quite often. Is this basically watching "Dwight" be a super-hero? the same degree The Rocker was about "Dwight" playing in a rock band.

Ellen Page is fun, although her story "arc" is the weak link in the film. It's completely believable. Everything that she does (and what gets done to her) is pretty realistic for a "superhero" movie. That said, it's almost too low-key, and ultimately I found her role in the movie unsatisfying (though well-acted).

Kevin Bacon is great. This movie actually made me miss him of late. He provides a much-needed credibility to this's hard to put it any other way. I wanted more of him.

And of course, there's Nathon Fillion. He's only in the movie about 2 minutes or so, but while he's on it's wonderful. Keep this man in comedies, Hollywood!

Ultimately, fans of superhero movies, dark comedies, and even cheesy horror films (Slither) will enjoy it immensely.

Casual movie goers may get turned off by the gritty violence and somewhat convoluted message.

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